Mario Lashun Edwards Sr. (born December 1, 1975) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Miami Dolphins. He was drafted in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Florida State University.
|Position:||Director of Player Development|
|Born:||December 1, 1975|
Clayton County, Georgia
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||199 lb (90 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 180|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
He accepted a football scholarship from Florida State University. As a sophomore, he was a backup at right cornerback, tallying 14 tackles, 3 passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
After missing the 1997 season as a redshirt, he became a two-year starter at left cornerback. As a junior, he started the final 10 games, registering 20 tackles, 6 interceptions (ranked eighth in the nation), 11 passes defensed (led the team) and helping the team earn a No. 1 national ranking in pass defense. Against Wake Forest University, he set a school and tied a conference record, by making 4 interceptions in a single-game. He played in the National Championship game, where the Seminoles lost to the University of Tennessee.
As a senior, he posted 19 tackles and 9 passes defensed (led the team), while being a part of the 1999 national championship team.
Edwards was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round with the 180th overall of the 2000 NFL Draft, after he dropped because of a poor performance in the 1998 Fiesta Bowl, combined with injuries and inconsistent play in his senior season.
As a rookie, he played mainly on special teams, making 11 tackles (fourth on the team). In the final game he started at left cornerback against the Tennessee Titans, registering 3 tackles and one pass defensed.
Edwards became the team's regular starter at left cornerback in 2001, helping the team rank third in pass defense in the NFL. He had 58 tackles (eighth on the team), 11 passes defensed (led the team). He returned his first career interception 71 yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants.
In 2002, he registered 72 tackles (eighth on the team), 2 interceptions (third on the team) and 8 passes defensed (tied for fourth on the team).
While with the Cowboys, he started 47 games, posting 178 tackles, 4 interceptions, 28 passes defensed and was part of the statistically ranked number one overall defense in 2003.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit
On April 9, 2004, Edwards signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. He spent only one season with the team, playing in 15 games and receiving 3 starts when the team opened in a nickel defense. He was released on March 1, 2005.
On April 4, 2005, he signed with the Miami Dolphins to provide depth after Patrick Surtain was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. He was waived prior to the start of the season on September 4, 2005.
In 2009, he was an assistant football coach at W. W. Samuell High School in Dallas, Texas. From 2010 to 2012, he was an assistant football coach at Billy Ryan High School in Denton, Texas. In 2012, he was hired by the Florida State football program as the director of player development.
Edwards's son, Mario Jr., also played for Florida State University and like his father, won a national championship with the Seminoles. He currently plays defensive end for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He is also the father of Dalen, Angel, and Gianni Edwards.